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Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng MEng

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Course description

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If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After successfully completing the foundation year, which has modules in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you can start the MEng degree.

In our core undergraduate degree, you'll discover the underlying principles of materials science, and how these are applied across materials engineering situations. You can keep your course general or tailor your degree with optional materials modules.

As well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through experiencing real-world engineering situations with extensive practical work in important manufacturing processes and using the latest investigative equipment.

In the first year, you'll take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

If you enjoy a specific area of materials science, you may choose to switch to one of our more specialised courses before the end of the second year.

All MEng courses include a guaranteed five month paid industrial placement, which may be in the UK or abroad. This is a great way of getting additional experience and improving your CV.

In the third and fourth year of the MEng degrees, you'll take part in four Industrial Training Programmes, focusing on the areas of nuclear, glass, aerospace and advanced manufacturing. For each, there are small group seminars with industry experts and engineers, academic lectures and visits to industry sites and technology centres. You'll apply your materials science and engineering knowledge to analyse and solve a real current industrial problem.

BEng or MEng

It is possible to switch between many of our courses and between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of the second year.

All our Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate degree courses are fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning they count towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Modules

After successfully completing the foundation year modules, you can start your main degree.

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Title: Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year MEng or BEng course structure
UCAS code: J501
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics

The syllabus for MAS003 covers the common core A Level curriculum. The unit is tailored for students who have been away from mathematics for a period of time, but who will have gained some A-Level or similar qualifications. The unit covers the basic principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Following the introduction of new material in the lectures, students have the opportunity of extensive problem solving, both in the tutorial sessions with the lecturers and in their own time.

40 credits
Introduction to Engineering

This module will introduce the application of engineering principles to foundation year students adn give the student an appreciation of the breadth of engineering activities across the faculty and identify to students what knowledge areas and skills are needed in order to contribute to their development and be successful. It will also help create links with departments and draw on the other modules that students will take in the foundation year especially maths and physics.

40 credits
Advanced Level Chemistry

The unit covers a selection of the major concepts from areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in order to develop a sound basic knowledge of chemistry corresponding to the common core A level curriculum as preparation for successful studies in the Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering.

20 credits
Elements of Physics

PHY010 provides students with the elements of Physics required to enter the first year of an engineering course where some knowledge of Physics is needed.Understanding will be developed by taking a sub- set of the lectures of the more comprehensive module PHY009, namely those covering Dynamics/Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism (autumn semester); and Oscillations, Waves, and Optics; Properties of Matter (spring semester). These will be delivered in the first 2/3rds of either semester. Problem solving and example classes are integrated into lectures.As PHY008 teachings no practical Physics, this module is complemented by laboratory components of the 40 credit foundation year module (FCE001).

20 credits


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

You'll learn through lectures, labs, tutorials and problem classes. We take a 'learn by doing' approach to our courses, so that you develop transferable, industry-relevant skills and use equipment found in the workplace.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and tests, coursework and practical work. The proportions for each will vary depending on the modules you choose.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
BBB; BBC
BBB any subjects (no STEM at A Level); BBB, including Maths or a science; BBC, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology

International Baccalaureate | 32 with (no STEM at HL); 32 with HL5/SL7 in Maths or Science; 31 with HL5/SL7 in Maths and a science

BTEC | DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + GCSE 6/5 in Science and 7/A in Maths or AS/A Level Maths Grade C/D + successful completion of a Maths test

Scottish Highers | AABBB any subjects (No STEM at Higher Level) + Grade 6/B GCSE Science + Grade 7/A GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; AABBB, including Maths + 6/B GCSE Science; AABBB in a science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; ABBBB, including Maths and a science

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + BB any subjects (no STEM at A Level) + 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; B + BB, including Maths + 6/B in GCSE Science; B + BB, including a science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; B + BC, including Maths and a science

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English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test is required for BTEC, Access to HE Diploma applicants and students with no Maths or Science at A Level or equivalent. Please contact the Department for more information

  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

  • If you have A Level BBB with no STEM or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + the successful completion of a Maths test; if you have A Level BBB with Maths at A Level or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science; if you have A Level BBB with a science or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Maths

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Let our students tell you about what they like about studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Take a look around you. Materials are everywhere. Used for different applications, for different reasons. Without materials scientists and engineers, aeroplanes wouldn't fly, buildings wouldn't stand up, mobile phones wouldn't work, healthcare wouldn't be the same.

Materials science and engineering is a subject that is integral to all other engineering disciplines. It brings together physics, chemistry, engineering, maths, and in some cases, biology, and puts these subjects into real-life situations.

Sheffield has long been a centre of materials innovation, and with a history of research excellence that can be traced back more than 135 years, this department was one of the foundation stones of the University.

Our academics are leading experts in their fields with international reputations, and their research shapes and inspires what you are taught.

We strive to give you a valuable and unforgettable university experience. By accessing state-of-the-art multidisciplinary engineering laboratories, direct contact with industrial partners, and excellent learning resources, you will be given the opportunity and support to develop the skills you need to succeed at university and flourish in your career once you graduate.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering are mainly based in The Diamond, the University's dedicated engineering teaching facility. Here, you'll find lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open plan learning spaces, library services and a number of specialist engineering laboratories. You'll also have lectures and use laboratories in the Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

Facilities

Not only do you get to use the materials lab, packed full of research grade equipment, but because materials science and engineering is integrated into all other types of engineering, our students get to experience working in multiple laboratories in the Diamond, such as the electronics lab and the clean room. There are also social spaces and a cafe where you can take a well earned break from studying.

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017


Department of Materials Science and Engineering

1st in the UK Russell Group for Graduate Prospects in Materials Technology

The Times Good University Guide 2020

1st in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2020


Graduate careers

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Employers are increasingly looking for evidence of practical work experience as it demonstrates a genuine interest and means you will have the practical skills to work in a real industrial environment.

Studying for a degree in materials science gives you a strong set of transferable skills valued by employers across a wide range of industries, including:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • time management, planning and organisation
  • research and report writing
  • team working
  • numerical skills

Our courses are designed to include a significant portion of practical work, allowing students to get hands-on experience of important processes and the latest investigative equipment. There are frequent occasions when we will ask you to work in the same way as professional engineers, with opportunities to work in industry or on projects of direct industrial interest.

Over the past four years, more than 95% of Sheffield materials graduates had secured employment or were in further study, six months after graduation.

We'll challenge you to think about engineering issues from a global perspective. So wherever your future lies, you'll be in demand.

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